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TMR feed mixer

TMR Mixer basics

In today’s agricultural market, choosing the right equipment to deliver a consistent product to the feed can be challenging, especially with so many endless options available for producers. 

However, there are three primary styles of mixers available on the market today:

-Reel or rotary mixers

-Horizontal auger mixers

-Vertical mixers. 

Reel Mixers 

You can find reel or rotary mixers on both dairy and feed finishing lots. With this style, the feed is mixed with two augers and one slow turning reel. The lower auger moves push the feed mix forward and the upper auger moves the TMR backwards. Together with these actions a light palatable ratio. 

While rotary mixers offer palatable ration for livestock, producers can still make mistakes with this system. 

Reel mixers handle up to 20% unprocessed long stem material, but can’t accommodate whole round bales. 

Producers can also overload the reel mixer, which reduces the consistency of the TMR. 

However, an advantage of Reel mixers is that it offers an even unloading from start to finish and has a low horsepower requirement. 

Reel mixers are available in sizes from 150-950 cubic foot mixing capacities for stationary, trailed or truck style models. For those looking to mix sticky feed, a horizontal auger might be a more suitable option. 

Horizontal Mixer

This mixer has a set of four augers, two lower augers move the feed forward, while the top two move the mix rearward. Horizontal systems are ideal for unprocessed hay. 

Just like reel mixers, though, a horizontal mixer can’t handle whole round bales, but it can mix up to 30% of long fibres compared to the 20% of the reel mixer. 

The even unloading and low horsepower is another advantage that this system offers. 

Horizontal auger mixers come in 350 to 950 cubic foot mixing capacities for either trailed or truck models. 

Vertical Mixer

The last primary mixer available is the Vertical mixer, most commonly found on dairy or beef farms, used for dealing with long unprocessed fibre forages and baleage. 

With this system, the mixing is done by one to two augers that pick up the material vertically. The openness of the mixer means that the bale is 100% processed. 

Vertical mixers can mix the widest variety of materials. They offer a lot of discharge operations but has the highest horsepower and torque requirements, meaning you’ll be using more fuel. 

The discharge also tends to be more uneven and it’s not suited for rations low in roughage. 

Stationary, trailed and truck models will often use vertical mixers. They come in sizes from 300- 1800 cubic foot mixing capacities. 

How to properly mix feed

No matter what system you use, the general loading order affects the overall consistency of the ration. We encourage producers to load their long stem materials first, the systems deviate from there. 

For reel or horizontal mixers, after long stems with grain add in dry premixes, corn silage, haylage, wet commodities and finish off with liquids. 

For vertical mixers, long stem materials should be followed by water, corn silage, grains and dry premixes, wet commodities, haylage, and end with liquids. 

During the loading process, we recommend producers run the mixing system at least at ¾ speed and mix for 3 to 5 minutes after all the ingredients have been added. 

A TMR mixer can greatly help producers deliver high-quality feed to their cattle, so choosing the right mixer with the proper size and configuration is critical for success. 

For a reliable, durable feed mixer designed for Australia’s livestock, choose Ausmix. Our feed mixers are custom engineered for the tough Australian conditions and are loved by dairy farms and feedlots all across the country. 

If you’re interested to learn more about the AusMix feed mixer range, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team on (02) 8880 7873 or send us an email at brad@farmtech.com.au



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